Ealth and social care, paramedic science, Interproffesional education, risk assessment and risk management

Interprofessional Education
Risk Assessment and Risk Management


Level: I Credit: 20 Word Count or equivalent: 5,000

This assignment must MEET the following Intended Learning Outcomes
1. The ability to discuss the concept of risk management.

2. An understanding of risk from an ethical viewpoint set against current policies and procedures that are designed to underpin the reduction or management of risk.

3. An awareness of the issues involved in responding to situations in terms of assessment, methods of intervention and relevant theoretical frameworks.

4. The ability to reflect upon decision making concerning risk in the practice setting, within an interprofessional context.

5. Analysis of the issues involved in collaborating and communicating across professional boundaries, to promote effective partnerships.

The focus of this assignment is the selection of a relevant risk assessment method, which is then applied to a chosen designated Wessex Bay character or the Wessex Bay Community project, to identify and manage an aspect of risk. Your work should be presented in an academic essay format. Designated Wessex Bay characters are listed overleaf.

Part A (50%) a Risk Assessment Demonstrate the effective use of a risk assessment method or tool. This should include a brief evidenced based rationale and analysis of your chosen method or tool (maximum 1,000 words) and its application (1,000 word equivalent).

Parts B (50%) a Risk management From an interprofessional perspective consider how the risks highlighted in part A might be managed. Your discussion should focus on how risk can be reduced/managed through effective interprofessional working. This should recognise evidence of principles of holism and could include the client, their family and community and the professionals involved. Consideration should be made to legislation, ethics, professional practice, diversity, and policy relevant to your chosen context (3,000 words).

Wessex bay character

Ron Wayman


Ron has chronic obstructive airways disease and is housebound, he requires constant oxygen therapy. Ron worked as a fisherman in Wessex Bay until he retired six years ago. Ron smoked for over 60 years and still misses not being able to have a cigarette. Ronas wife died five years ago following a stroke, and he is cared for by his daughter, Melanie Brown, who lives a short distance away. Ron is reluctant to have anyone else care for him as he considers this to be his daughtersa role. Ron has never cooked a meal and although he is capable of managing to make himself a drink or a sandwich he rarely does, waiting instead for Melanie to come. Ronas mobility is very restricted by his breathlessness and he is reliant on a wheelchair on the rare occasions he goes out. Within the house he manages to walk around holding onto the furniture. Ron has had a number of acute exacerbations of his condition these have usually led to him being admitted to hospital for short periods of time. He hates going into hospital as he dislikes having his routine upset. He is adamant the next time he becomes acutely unwell he will stay at home.
(The situation can have a?what ifsa? so it can relate to a specific paramedic role if we were called, if he refused etc)

A brief description of rough contents of essay

Part A
A risk tool (1000 word equivalent)
2nd 1000 words
Why we risk assess, definition
Identify chosen person (Ron) and why we chose the tool from him, whatas good , whatas not analyze tool .
At end Part A word count and state what risks have been identified leading into Part B where we are going to discuss them.

Part B (3000 words) to include

Interprofessional perspective
Canat eliminate all risk, acceptable risk etc
Include service users with acceptable risk
Interprofessional working
Legal and ethical aspects responsibility, accountability
Guidelines a local and government.
Consent and confidentiality a mental capacity act
Paramedic code of conduct
South west ambulance service dynamic risk assessment
Referral pathways used by ambulance service.

General requirements which apply to all assignments including level descriptors can be found at:

Undergraduate Student handbook: sites/Quality/Shared%20Documents/Academic%20Procedures%20(Guidance%20Notes)/D1%20Generic%20Assessment%20Criteria.doc
Assessment Procedures Handbook for Students 2007/8